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Chico, California Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Chico fell 1.5 percentage points in May 2020 to 14.2%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 2.1 percentage points lower than the California rate. The unemployment rate in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 15.7% and is now 1.5 percentage points lower. You can also compare Chico unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
National 13.3% -1.4 +9.7
California 16.3% -0.1 +12.2
Chico 14.2% -1.5 +9.0
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with May 2020 data as June metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Chico, California, National

Chico, California monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Chico, California Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Chico peaked in April 2020 at 14,707. There are now 1,914 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. Chico employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Chico, California) is also available.

Unemployed Persons May 2020 Month/Month Year/Year
Chico 12,793 -1,914 +7,619

Number of Unemployed Persons

Chico, California Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
California
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployment Rate
Chico
Unemployed
June
2020
11.1%
May
2020
13.3% 16.3% 14.2% 12,793
April
2020
14.7% 16.4% 15.7% 14,707
March
2020
4.4% 5.5% 6.1% 6,047
February
2020
3.5% 3.9% 4.6% 4,556
January
2020
3.6% 3.9% 4.7% 4,602
December
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.6% 4,516
November
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.7% 4,605
October
2019
3.6% 3.9% 4.8% 4,699
September
2019
3.5% 3.9% 4.9% 4,794
August
2019
3.7% 3.9% 5.0% 4,883
July
2019
3.7% 4.0% 5.0% 4,972

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.